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Old 11-17-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default Always check your gas!

Today I brewed a new Irish Red recipe and everything was perfect. Mash temps, gravity, weather, everything.

Then I ran out of propane with 25 minutes left. Not a problem, I've got 4 tanks. So I grabbed the tank from my other burner, and it was almost empty. So my wort is back at a boil, and I got just over 15 minutes out of it. Checked my other two tanks and they were empty too. And my wife has the car.

Some days it just isn't worth gnawing through the leather straps.

I dumped in my whirlfloc, yeast nutrient and 10 minute hop addition and kept the darn thing at a good simmer with a Bernz-O-Matic torch for 10 more minutes, then chilled, aerated and pitched.

I'll call it... Flameout Red.

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Hah, a propane torch. That's funny.

I only need to worry about running out of electricity.

My biggest problem with propane was having the burner blow out. I brew outdoors. No more propane for me these days.

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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I feel your pain folly. runnin out of gas aint NO fun. Especially when you have to drop everything to run out for a fresh tank.

Also make sure that your getting what you pay for. I've gotten tanks that were over 10lbs short before even with a new cap on it. After some investigating and going to my local gas dealer i found out my tare weight and what was supposed to be in there wasn't weighing. So be careful!!

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Old 11-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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I feel your pain folly. runnin out of gas aint NO fun. Especially when you have to drop everything to run out for a fresh tank.

Also make sure that your getting what you pay for. I've gotten tanks that were over 10lbs short before even with a new cap on it. After some investigating and going to my local gas dealer i found out my tare weight and what was supposed to be in there wasn't weighing. So be careful!!
I'll keep an eye on that BWB, thanks. I generally get mine done at uhaul, and they fill them in front of me, but I'll weigh them all now that I know they're really empty, not to mention, I can weigh them all full on Monday!

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Old 11-17-2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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I use one of these;

http://www.amazon.com/Grill-Gauge-GG-1100-NR-Original/product-reviews/B0012GTU3O/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt/176-5788879-4279961?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Look around and you can usually find a better price.

Last BLUE RHINO purchase I had to sort through 3 tanks before I found one that registered FULL.

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Old 11-17-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Blue Rhino only puts a little over three gallons in their refills. $19.99 for three gallons of propane is highways robbery. Be warned; BR are changing their fill valves to a proprietary one that only they can refill. The new valve has a triangle on it. Anybody with BR tanks currently be careful to not trade them in for the new tanks. I currently pay $3.59/ gallon of propane, and for that price, I hope I never need to get gas raped by BR again.

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:15 AM   #7
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I feel your pain on running out of gas. Mine deflated last Sunday, but it was directly at flame-out anyway.

Question: How does the average consumer judge the 'fullness' of a tank purchased, if said consumer has no gauge? Does one pick up multiple tanks (in an exchange scenario) looking for the heaviest, or is there some other magical method?

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I will only brew if I have the little blue cap on a second cylinder.

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SWMBO tells me to check my gas whenever I have had chili and home brew for dinner

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:34 AM   #10
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I generally check my tanks as I go along, but I lost track. I checked and I've brewed and grilled since July on these tanks. That's what I get for not paying attention.

I have mine filled at uhaul, and they fill them until they spray out of the pressure release. It's a lot less expensive as well. I do like that $3.59 a gallon, that's for sure.

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